For example, last April more than 100,000 Russian soldiers were massed at the border of Ukraine. This mobilisation of troops was worrying as the last time we observed such movements in 2014, Russia annexed Crimea and attempted to destabilise Donbass. In the headlines for several months, this “frozen” conflict cost about 15% of the European market at the time. Today, if Vladimir Putin is once again seeking to flex his muscles, it is not by chance.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the current president of Ukraine, had previously sent troops to the border, threatening to take back the occupied zone and to freeze the assets of oligarchs close to the Russian president. The Russian president immediately reacted by mobilising armoured regiments, the air force, and war ships.